The BMW 1-Series has, for a long time, been the ugly duckling in the company’s compact range. Fortunately, an all-new generation model is on the cards and it promises to be much more appealing to the eye.
Aimed squarely at the Audi A3 and the new-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the 2019 BMW 1-Series will have its work cut out in competing in this ever-increasingly crowded segment. How will BMW ensure it’s competitive?
For starters, the hatchback will be underpinned by the brand’s UKL platform, meaning it will switch from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive, just like the A-Class. Additionally, a permanent 5-door body style will further distinguish the car from the outgoing model.
Alongside the new body style, we know that the front and rear fascias of the 1-Series will be overhauled, as evidenced by these images. More specifically, the car will adopt edgier taillights and headlights, providing it with a sportier appearance.
A host of other comprehensive modifications are also on the cards. For example, all six-cylinder engines will likely be removed from the 1-Series family and replaced solely by four-cylinder units. As such, a range-topping M140i model would utilize a turbocharged four-cylinder that sends power to the ground through BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. Taking a leaf out of the new A-Class playbook, a hybrid is also expected at a later date.
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